Ukraine-Singapore relations were commenced 2 January 1992 with the recognition of Ukraine’s independence by the Republic of Singapore. The diplomatic relations were established on 31 March 1992 by the exchange of Notes. Hereafter, occasional bilateral events took place while our two countries sought common interests.
Establishment of the Embassy of Ukraine in Singapore was agreed during Ukraine MFA delegation visited Singapore in 2002. The diplomatic mission opening ceremony took place (in July 2003) during the official visit of Ukrainian Foreign Minister to Singapore.
The visit to Singapore of the First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance of Ukraine (M.Azarov) in January 2007 gave noticeable impulse to bilateral relations.
Meetings between the heads of Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and Singapore in New York within the UN framework (1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014) served as instrument for maintaining of political dialogue, deepening of mutual understanding and positions coordinating.
In January 2010 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (P.Poroshenko) paid the working visit to Singapore.
Bilateral consultations at Deputy Foreign Ministers’ level were conducted in Singapore in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010.
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew visited Ukraine (as a special guest) in September 2010. Within visit’s follow-up the Government of Singapore appointed Singapore Special Envoy to Ukraine (Ambassador Tony Siddiqui).
The state visit of the then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Singapore was held on 27-29 March 2011. The relevant Joint Statement was released.
In April 2012 the residence of the Ambassador of Singapore in Ukraine was moved from Moscow to Singapore. Thus the Singaporean Side upgraded the status of its diplomatic representation in Ukraine.
In February 2013, the two countries’ readiness to maintain sustained political dialogue and experts exchange was testified through signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Consultative Mechanism between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore. The first consultations under the Memorandum took place in Kyiv in December 2013.
In early March 2014, the Republic of Singapore through the statements of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Law K.Shanmugam strongly condemned the aggression of the Russian Federation against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Singapore reconfirmed the consistent character of its position while balloting of the Resolution № A/68/L.39 «Territorial Integrity of Ukraine» during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on 27 March 2014 in which the world community by the commanding majority did not recognize the annexation of the Crimean peninsula of Russian invaders.
On 17 July 2017, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan stated: “… When Russian troops took control of Crimea, Singapore strongly objected to the invasion. We expressed our view that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and international law, had to be respected…”
On December 17, 2018, Singapore voted in favor of UN GA Resolution “The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov” (A/73/L.47).
In September 2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Law of Singapore K.Shanmugam at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.
In December 2014 the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko paid the working visit to Singapore. During the meetings with the Ukrainian President the Singapore leaders reiterated their consistent support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the context of the Russia's aggression and its annexation of the Crimea. It was agreed to further develop political dialogue, enhance interaction on the international arena and to support bilateral cooperation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam visited Kyiv from 6 to 7 May 2015. He called on President P.Poroshenko, Prime Minister A.Yatseniuk, and had a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs P.Klimkin.
On January 14-16, 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin paid an official visit to Singapore. During the visit Pavlo Klimkin met with the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, as well as Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law K Shanmugam.
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister for Home Affairs &
Minister for Law K Shanmugam
On June 3-4, 2017, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin paid a working visit to Singapore to participate in international security conference “Shangri-La Dialogue”.
In order to promote interparliamentary cooperation, Chairman of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with Singapore of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MP Oleksiy Poroshenko visited Singapore in August 2017.
On October 28-30, 2018, Minister for Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov paid a working visit to Singapore. He called on Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Internal Affairs and Law K Shanmugam, as well as visited the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovations.